[b]‘Art of Nature'
Maria has been a clothes designer and artist for many years, and now works in the mediums of digital art, photography and video.
She grew up listening to stories of her Great Grandfather, a spiritual healer and herbalist who had visitations from an American Indian guide, who he conversed with in fluent native tongue - having not previously learnt the language.
These stories she believes, account for an awareness of her own spiritual development, and fascination with the natural world from an early age.
Her journey has taken her to foreign lands to visit the Mayan architecture of the pyramid temples in the Yucatan, where she joined the first ‘Solar Initiation Tour’ with Hunbatz Men, a Mayan priest; to the Native American Indian dwellings of Mesa Verde and to the Hopi settlements of Arizona, where she felt blessed to be invited to a weekend of Kachina Dances in a Hopi village. Her last travel was a 6-month pilgrimage through Sri-Lanka and India, visting many temples of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths.
Maria is currently working on a project relating to the Solar Festivals.
A recent venture has been to convert a vintage caravan to a bright pink pedal-powered mini cinema. Maria had a fun and successful time at the Deer Shed Festival the last two years running.
include Arthur Rackham, Richard Dadd , Victorian fairy painters. Andy Goldsworthy, Vik Muniz, Richard Long, Coco Chanel;
and for Video – Bill Viola.
For inspirational philosophy and spirituality - Yogananda, The Theosophical Society, Zoence, Gatekeeper Trust and Sir George Trevelyan, herald of the New Age!!
Previous exhibitions of art and video include:
North Yorkshire Open Studios,
Ryedale Folk Museum Gallery,
Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton,
The Chalice Well. Glastonbury,
Goddess Conference. Glastonbury,
Sunrise Festival, Somerset,
British Society of Dowsers Conference,
Megalithomania Conference, Glastonbury - 2010 & 2012.
Video installations -
The Gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum,
Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk.
Coastival Festival, Scarborough.
Work in Progress:
• Writing and illustrating a book about the solar festivals.
• Collaborative documentary video on the importance of
celebrating the solar festivals.
• Divination pack of cards with illustrated guide book.